Police are investigating a baffling crash between a minivan and a bus that killed one driver in East Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon.
A minivan and a TransLink bus collided near the intersection of St. Catherines Street and East Broadway around 12:45 p.m., killing the driver of the minivan.
“It’s a little puzzling to how these two vehicles collided where they did,” said Cst. Brian Montague, a spokesman for the Vancouver police. “Where the two vehicles actually collided doesn’t make sense [if] the minivan was making a left turn on to St. Catherines.”
The crash happened just west of St. Catherines Street in the westbound lane, but the force of the collision pushed the van into the eastbound lane and into the intersection.
The bus appeared to be slowing for the bus stop on Broadway when the incident occurred.
Police shut down Broadway between Clark and Fraser for several hours as they investigated the crash.
Investigators are hoping the footage from the bus’ security camera can shed some light on the collision.
Authorities said five people were transported to hospital with various injuries, all minor. The driver of the bus walked away unharmed..
Police haven’t been able to confirm the identity of the deceased but know he wasn’t the owner of the van.
The crash marked Vancouver’s second traffic related fatality of the year.
In March, a woman was struck and killed by a semi-truck while crossing West Hastings and Richards streets.